The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition is a national juried competition presented annually by the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Made possible by the generosity of longtime arts supporters Martin and Doris Rosen, this national, juried competition continues a long-held tradition of showcasing the best of large-scale, contemporary American sculpture. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for exhibition, and are situated in outdoor, public settings across campus. A cash prize is awarded to the artist whose work is chosen as that year's Rosen Award winner. Since its establishment in 1987, The Rosen has become an integral part of An Appalachian Summer Festival, the university's annual multi-arts celebration, with the announcement of the Rosen Award winner coming during the festival's annual Sculpture Walk with that year's juror.
Finalists of the 27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition Announced
The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and An Appalachian Summer Festival are pleased to announce the ten finalists of the 27th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition...
These ten finalists were chosen from a total of 36 artists entered with a total of 72 separate entries. These works will be installed on Appalachian's campus from Walker Hall to the Duck Pond.
Rudy Rudisill's Home Sweet Home wins 26th Rosen Award First Place
Rudy Rudisill, from Gastonia, N.C., was announced as the First Place Award winner of the 26th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition & Exhibition for his galvanized steel sculpture Home Sweet Home. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the annual Sculpture Walk on July 28, 2012.
Born in Gastonia, North Carolina, Rudisill conjures a building lost and abandoned, excavating it from memory. The illusion of change arises via galvanized steel and copper brushed with acid, yielding a corrosive effect. The work is simultaneously contemporary and traditional, industrial and pastoral as Rudisill explores the relationship of physical elements to their symbolic implications. By bringing together various textures and architectonic forms, personal, cultural, and historical elements bind together in and homage to the changing landscape. Each anthropomorphic piece carries with it a narrative and a particular relationship—sometimes familial, other times structural. A working artist for over 25 years, Mr. Rudisill's fabricated sheet metal sculpture has won international awards and can be found in public, corporate and private collections in North America, Europe, and Asia.
In regards to his work, Rudisill comments...
"Vague overtures to the psychosexual ramifications of good bourbon and long drives in the country. Images on the shoulders of other images, moving, always moving, in transition, transcending, changing, always changing.
"Drawn from visual memory; from subconscious connections with the relationship of physical elements to their symbolic implications; personal, cultural, and historical.
"Fleeting time, change, erosion, implosion, explosion, divestiture, mergers, rust and renewal. Common, uncommon, bland, dull, repetitive, fresh, new, the same; only different. Microseism, mirror, challenge, threat; so many days so little time.
"Comfort cousin, discomfort sister, today never comes.
"Freezing time, each image—specific to itself—a fragment of the continuum of production. Light scatters, gathers, darkness comes and goes. Eyesight, hindsight, blindside, upside down banana."
Home Sweet Home and nine other works exhibited for the 26th season of the Rosen, will remain on the Appalachian campus until February 2013.
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